When terminal cancer patient Chris Taylor tweeted that he was scared he would not live to see the latest release of his favourite video game, the social media world responded with gusto.
His tweet triggered a campaign that saw thousands of well-wishers help him realise his dream of playing Nintendo’s Smash Bros. Ultimate, months before its release.
The 21-year-old, from Ontario, in Canada, has bone cancer which has left him bedridden and unable to move more than a few feet.
He said: “December is a long way away for someone who is already bedridden.
“I know it’s childish to despair over a video game but Smash means a lot to me and when Ultimate looks so good it breaks my heart.”
Sorry to be sad on main during hype time but hearing about things like smash and DMC5 is starting to become painful to listen and reminds me i won’t be able to play these games i’ve been waiting years for only for random chance to kill me slowly as soon as they’re announced
— Chris Taylor (@SpookyWoobler) September 13, 2018
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Chris’ initial tweet has been liked more than 9,000 times and retweeted more than 3,400 times.
The tweets supporting him have also had a huge response.
@NintendoCanada@NintendoVS@NintendoAmerica A dear friend, @SpookyWoobler, is bedridden with terminal cancer, and would love to play Super Smash Bros Ultimate before he passes away. It would mean the world to him if you could help grant his wish! Thank you so much! https://t.co/vLAfyQzYAT
— Alex Rochon (@AlexRochonVA) September 14, 2018
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Chris has since announced that everyone’s efforts have paid off and that he has played the game with friends and family, describing it as “amazing”.
Posting on Reddit to the gaming communities who had helped him, Chris said: “No words can describe how thankful I am.
“I hardly deserve it but you guys did this and the pure kindness brings me to tears, thank you so much.”
Reacting to the news, some paid tribute to the gaming community.
Chris has posted several messages since, expressing his gratitude and has vowed to keep going for as long as he can.
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